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FILAF, International Art, Book and Film Festival

21st June 2021 - 27th June 2021


International Art, Book and Film Festival

Cinéma Le Castillet, Perpignan


The International Art, Book and Film Festival will take place in Perpignan from 21st – 27rd June. A jury made up of industry giants chooses the best books and films about art published in the year.

International art and film production, in both French and English, is a thriving industry and during the course of the year, the festival team and committee have consulted hundreds of books and movies.

Film screenings, book signings, conferences and award ceremonies… there’s loads going on for even the most discerning culture vulture.

The ArtBookFair

Again this year, curator Laura Morsch-Kihn will host the ‘My Favorite Things’ book fair; a space of production, consultation and appropriation dedicated to publishing at the Maison Quinta in Perpignan.

Conceived as a contextual project, this project is a series of improvised meetings between artists, publishers and festival-goers and will take the shape of DIY publications produced with the help of a photocopy machine.

The Torcatis bookshop in central Perpignan will house the more traditional book market, where you’re sure to bag a bargain.

Entry is free to both.

Just a glimpse of some of the cinema screenings for Anglophones

Beyond the Visible: Hilma AF Klimt, Halina Dyrschka, 2019, (DE)
English & German/ English subtitles
This is the first film about the life and work of Hilma af Klint. The documentary examines the role of women in the history of art and attempts to understand why the artist was scandalously denied the status of a pioneer of modern art and how this recognition is finally taking place.

Everything in the Past has Life, Zhongkai Li, 2020, (USA)
Mandarin/English subtitles
Many Chinese families, under the one-child policy, have hidden their additional children. The artist and director, the third child and only boy in the sibling group, tells of his upbringing and story.

Landscape Film : Roberto Burle Marx, João Vargas Penna, 2018, (BR)
Portuguese/English subtitles
A journey through the memories, ideas and gardens of Brazilian landscape designer Roberto Burle Marx.

The Soul of Miro’s Workshops, Cesc Mulet 2019, (ES)
Catalan/English subtitles
Following the renovation of the Taller Sert in Palma, we discover the imprint of Joan Miró and the soul of his three studios: Mas Miró in Montroig, Taller Sert and Son Boter in Palma.

Woodstock, Michael Wadleigh, 1970, (USA)
English/French subtitles
A concert scene is built before our eyes, and the music, at the same time, invades our eardrums. Right through to the end of the festival, “peace and love”, is the driving force of this film.

Home Away From Home : The Worlds of Do Ho Suh, Marjoleine Boonstra, 2019, (NL)
Do Ho Suh is a Korean sculptor living between London, Seoul and New York. By translating his lodgings into translucent and chimerical works of art, he never ceases to question where and when home exists.

Steven Arnold : Heavenly Bodies, Vishnu Dass, 2019, (USA)
An ode to the surrealist life (prematurely interrupted) and the vast artistic output of American multimedia artist, photographer filmmaker and Salvador Dalí’s protégé: Steven Arnold.

Etre Jérôme Bel, Sima Khatami et Aldo Lee, 2019, (FR)
French/English subtitles
In 2015, the directors were given carte blanche to film the artist-choreographer Jérôme Bel at work. But making a film about Bel, is to embark on a paradoxical project: how to stage the work of a’anti-staging director’?

Koolhaas Houselife, Bêka & Lemoine, 2008
French/English subtitles
An atypical visit to one of the key architectural monuments of the late 20th century century: the Maison in Bordeaux built by the architect Rem Koolhaas/OMA in 1998. Unlike most architecture films, Koolhaas Houselife is less about understanding the building, than to let the viewer, for once, simply enter into the invisible sphere of the daily intimacy of an icon of contemporary architecture.

For more info and the full programme click here.

Price per film : 4€
Day pass : 10€
Festival pass : 35€



21st June 2021
27th June 2021


Cinéma Castillet
Boulevard Thomas Wilson
Perpignan, 66000
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